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Marijuana and CBD: Full Spectrum Labs offers free testing to locate rare, pain-relieving strains

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You know your favorite medical marijuana strain by look, smell and taste, and you could pick it out of a lineup without fail. But aesthetics aside, do you understand what really makes up that cut of Ft. Collins Cough or Sour Kush? Through August, Full Spectrum Labs will do two free tests of raw cannabis for every card-carrying patient (or his or her caregiver) in Colorado.

All you need is a half-gram of plant material, your med card, an ID and a "permission to test" form (available here); once you've got it, take everything to the Full Spectrum Labs office, 4260 Kearney Street in Denver.

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According to Full Spectrum's Buckie Minor, the idea behind the free testing is to help pinpoint and locate strains high in CBD, one of the more pain-reducing cannabinoids found in marijuana. Many shops that have high CBD strains are keeping clones of the plants "close to their chest," he says, which means the strains aren't becoming as widely available as they should be.

Through the free testing service, Full Spectrum will be looking for high-CBD strains that caregivers or patients growing the MMJ at home are more willing to share. "We really hope to open up the genetic pool to patients a lot more," Minor explains.

The tests are also a good opportunity to see just how accurate that report you've seen at a dispensary actually is. Last year, Westword ran one sample through four different labs, including Full Spectrum, and came up with varying results and one simple conclusion: While tests can give a good general idea of THC and CBD levels, without a standard method for every lab to follow, it's still just a general idea.

But it's better than nothing. So if you doubt the 24-percent THC levels your dispensary is touting for its Island Sweet Skunk, or want to find out why that Afghani locks you into the couch every time, now is your chance to do some free fact-checking.


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Guest
Guest

they just want to keep the genetics and info for themselves.  Do NOT trust them.

William Breathes
William Breathes

I somehow left the sentence out when I posted this, but Minor told me they were hoping to put up the high CBD strains on their newsletter.

As growers, I think the idea is that once you find out you have such a beneficial strain that you would share it within the community instead of hoarding it.He also noted, Scooby, that FSL would respect patient privacy and not put up any names unless that person gave permission.

thanks for the comments as always, folks.

Scooby
Scooby

I wish more research was going into the Cbd and other cannabinoids. Thanks Full Spectrum. Please dont share the info with anyone but the patient or CG who submits the sample. Scooby

Djr5280
Djr5280

There's a dispensary in denver that has 3 of the top 10 recorded cbd results. Ever. Not just in co. I won't say the name of the dispensary because I don't want this to be a store promo. But some places are focused on medicinal and genetic selection for cbd vs thc

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Thank you Full Spectrum for providing this service to patients.  What is going to happen when you find the rare strains you seek?  

Djr5280
Djr5280

thanks for at least bringing an article regarding cbd.  much needed

FSL
FSL

It is not about rare strains we seek it is about the rare strains patients are seeking. FSL

William Breathes
William Breathes

Thanks for the comment, DJ. I'll be on the lookout for more going on with CBD research in Colorado

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